Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering
Advance the state of the art and embark on a self-directed career. The Ph.D. in IE program
prepares students for careers in consulting, industrial research, and academia. It provides an
opportunity to explore challenging research problems and make a research contribution to the
field of industrial engineering. Students learn how to write proposals, plan and conduct research,
write research papers, and make technical presentations. The Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial
Engineering degree requires 48 credit hours of coursework beyond the bachelor’s degree and a
- 9 credits in 500-level IE courses (see the course catalog)
- 6 credits in 600-level courses
- 6 credits in courses outside the major that carry graduate credit
- Up to 27 credits in courses transferred from a master’s degree.
- Continuous registration in IE 601 (graduate seminar)
The primary focus of the program is on the research process. Students must successfully
complete and defend a dissertation that describes the significance, methods, and results of their
research investigations. The Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems
Engineering has research programs in applied operations research, enterprise informatics,
advanced manufacturing systems and ergonomics.
Applied operations research focuses on quantitative models that can provide new insights into
the behavior of complex systems, identify areas where significant improvements can be made in
system performance, and provide a basis for effective decision making. Quantitative models
include mathematical and computer models based on principles of simulation, optimization,
probability, and statistics.
Enterprise informatics research is focused on enhancing the decision making process through
knowledge discovery methods and information modeling that helps us understand how
information is used within an enterprise. Students and faculty working in this area conduct
research related to data mining, experimental design, decision theory, and statistical analysis.
Advanced manufacturing research includes the investigation of new production methods for
advanced products, studying process parameters of new processes, and understanding the
interaction of processes in advanced manufacturing systems. Current IMSE efforts in this area
include rapid manufacturing systems, advanced metrology and inspection, control and
automation systems, and industrial energy efficiency.
Ergonomics is the application of our understanding of the capabilities and limitations of human
beings in the design of the workplace and consumer items. Current emphasis areas in IMSE
include 1) physical ergonomics with a particular focus on spine biomechanics, prevention of low
back injury and hand/wrist disorders such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome and 2)
cognitive engineering with a focus on augmented human performance and human computer
Applying for Admission
To be considered for admission to the Ph.D. program, applicants should have a M.S. degree in
industrial engineering or a strongly aligned field. In addition, all applicants need to provide GRE
scores. The TOEFL test is required for students whose native language is not English. High
academic achievement or other persuasive evidence of professional accomplishments is
expected for admission to the program.
To start the application process, you can apply online.